Saturday, 15 August 2020
Return Mail Campaign Reveals Two Tap Water Worlds Across SA

Ruan de Wet, an MSc student in the Department of Biological Sciences, whose research was just published in Scientific Reports, in collaboration with Associate Professor Adam West and Professor Chris Harris, used the Post Office to assist them in getting a National-level dataset of tapwater in South Africa.  The researched revealed that there is seasonal variation in tap water isotopes, which reveals two tap water worlds.

Publication Date:
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 - 09:30
Three ways to secure the ocean’s survival

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Philile Mbatha from the Department of Enironmental & Geographical Science is a contributing author.

Publication Date:
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 - 09:30
New species of plant discovered in Tokai Park

A new species of sedge, the Hidden Veldrush (Schoenus inconspicuus) which is listed as critically endangered, has been discovered in Tokai Park. The plant is currently known from fewer than 10 plants on the planet and has only been collected six times at two localities.  The discovered Hidden Veldrush is described in a recent publication by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers Dr Tammy Elliott and Professor Muthama Muasya and Doug Euston-Brown who first officially noticed the occurrence of the plant in November 2019.

Publication Date:
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 - 11:15
PhD researcher recreates 111-year-old fishing survey

PhDs are always a mountain to climb, says marine scientist and University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Jock Currie. But recreating a demersal fisheries survey, first undertaken along the Agulhas Bank 111 years ago, was ambitious, he admits. There were the small matters of finding an old trawler and weaving the manila hemp nets used back then

Publication Date:
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 - 13:45